Ethical Research Involving Children

Insiders’ perspectives: A children’s rights approach to involving children in advising on adult-initiated research.

Dunn, J. (2015). Insiders’ perspectives: A children’s rights approach to involving children in advising on adult-initiated research. International Journal of Early Years Education, 23(4), pp. 394-408.

Abstract: Consulting with children is widely recognised as an essential element in building understanding about children’s lives. From a children’s rights perspective, it is also a legal requirement on professionals working with children. However, translating the rhetoric into research and practice is still evolving. Previous studies report on working with children as co-researchers where children are involved in different phases of the research process in a bid to provide their unique perspectives. This small-scale study takes the view that children not only have the right to be involved in the research process but they also have the right to be informed and have their understanding developed about the issues being researched. This allows for a more apprised view which can enhance children’s participation in advising on the research and interpreting data. Therefore, this small-scale study reports on working with a children’s research advisory group in developing their understanding about popular culture and writing in the primary classroom before involving these children as advisors in the research process. (Abstract © Taylor & Francis, reprinted by special permission from Taylor & Francis Group, a division of Informa UK, http://www.tandf.co.uk).

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